‘Never You Mind Honey’
Exhibition by Adam Hogarth
Last week saw the private viewing of the ‘Never you Mind Honey’ exhibition by Leeds- born, London based artist, Adam Hogarth, at the artsdepot in North Finchley, London. Hogarth graduated from the The Royal College of Art in 2013 following his studies in Fine Art at Northumbria University and has showcased his work nationally and internationally at the likes of The ICA, Spike Island, The William Morris Gallery, Tate Britain, Rheged Centre and Wallington House.
The ‘Never You Mind Honey’ is a site specific, body of work which uses the the Tally Ho corner, formerly a terminus for Trolley buses back in the 1930s, and more specifically, the Gaumont Cinema. It commemorates the deconstruction of the site in 1987, and the subsequent restoration in 2004. Back then, the Gaumont was considered one of the finest of the Gaumont British Theatre’s chain of cinemas, and used to stand where the artsdepot, a multi-purpose arts and cultural centre, is today.
The art work, two floral tributes closely resembling the arrangements often seen at funerals, made of pure, white carnations, were positioned on the gallery walls in the form of two memorable quotes. The quotes were taken from two lines from two different films shown at the Gaumont Theatre. The first reference was of the opening line of the film, Black Legions, which was shown at the opening of the Gaumont Cinema back in 1937, starring American actor Humphrey Bogart. The second reference was of the closing line of the last film shown at the theatre, The Last Picture Show, starring Timothy Bottoms, thirty four years later in 1971.
Playing alongside the floral tributes were two destructivist video installations commemorating the Gaumont Cinema, re-appropriating the scenes from the aforementioned films.
Arena Flowers were very pleased to support the exhibition through the donation of these flowers.